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South Brunswick man who grabbed cop’s necktie is sentenced for eluding police after a motor vehicle stop

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A South Brunswick man has been sentenced to serve 11 years in a New Jersey state prison for eluding after fleeing from police following a motor vehicle stop.

Alan Fratello, 48, was sentenced on Feb. 6 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus to an extended term of 11 years with five years of parole ineligibility in a New Jersey state prison. Fratello received this extended term due to his prior criminal convictions, according to information provided by Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.

The sentence was imposed after Fratello was found guilty by a jury on March 21, 2019, of eluding in the second degree.

During a six-day trial that began on March 7, 2019, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Deanna Himelson presented evidence and testimony showing that on June 12, 2018, Fratello, after being stopped for erratic driving, grabbed the necktie of a police officer, drove across the median, and sped away in an attempt to flee the scene. He surrendered to the South Brunswick Police Department the next day.

Fratello was convicted with the assistance of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Olivia Ankudowicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

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